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Romeria de Bolnuevo (Bolnuevo Sardine Festival)

Posted by naranjosjardine1 on November 27, 2014

At the weekend along with friends we joined the Spanish and celebrated the festival giving thanks to the Virgin de la Purisima.  We were all educated the week before by Miquel of the Clover who was part of the team that was to carry the Image of the Virgin from Mazarron back home to Bolnuevo.   The Virgin de la Purisima is reputed to have saved the town of Mazarron in 1585 from Berber Pirate attack, thus the festival to remember the event and pay homage to the image of the Virgin. 

There is a detailed history account on-line in Murcia Today http://murciatoday.com/romer%C3%ADa-de-bolnuevo_8291-a.html#.VHXkupp0zIU    

The week before the festival the Image of the Virgin is carried from her home in Bolnuevo on a 6 km journey to Mazarron by a procession of people singing, dancing and marching.  She stays in Mazarron for a week and returns, on the day of the festival, to Bolnuevo.  The  Virgin is carried through Bolnuevo’s main road, paraded along the beach then blessed in an open ceremony on the beach.

On Sunday the Image of the virgin was carried by a team of strong men, including Miguel.  Apparently they each hold the heavy base for approx. 2 minutes then swap with others and keep swapping to save their stamina.  They are encouraged by the rest of the possession singing and dancing as only the Spanish can.

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The Image of the Virgin was followed by a parade of horses.  As many as 75 horses, including horse and carts, donkeys, mules of all various sizes paraded through Bolnuevo main road,  all ridden with great skill by riders of all ages from really small children to older people.  As the parade stopped and started along the way the riders gave a display of their fantastic dressage and equestrian skills, obviously proud of their magnificent horses.  I know Spain has a heritage of horse riding but it is rare to see such a public display.

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Traditionally the parade and blessing is followed by the giving out of sardines on the beach.  Families and friends gather in groups and bbq the sardines and have a beach party Spanish style.  They have marquees, pergolas, large tents or a homemade shelter with tables, chairs full of the necessary food and drink to enjoy a BBQ on the beach.  The only night camping on the beach is allowed in Bolnuevo is the Saturday before the festival to allow preparations of the beach parties to be set up in advance of Sunday as the road is closed early on the Sunday.  On Saturday Bolnuevo beach was turned into a huge camping ground where the young took advantage of the camping and partied all night.  There was some very bleary eyed teenagers greeting older family members on Sunday morning. 

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As you can see from the picture above, if a tent or marquee is unavailable then it is ok to build your own shelter from builders fencing and plastic. 

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New Menu del Dia at the Condado Club

Posted by naranjosjardine1 on November 17, 2014

CONDADO CLUB MENU OF THE DAY 17/11/14

THERE IS A COMPLETE VEGETARIAN MENU AVAILABLE

STARTERS 

CHICKEN GOUJONS AND DIP

CARROT AND CORIANDER SOUP

TUNA SALAD

MAINS

HOMEMADE CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM PIE, ROAST POTATOES, PEAS AND GRAVY

LOADED POTATO WEDGES WITH CHILLI CON CARNE AND MELTED CHEESE

PORK STEAKS, CHIPS AND EGG.

DESSERTS

CHOCOLATE & WALNUT BROWNIE

HOT STRAWBERRY JAM SPONGE

APPLE CRUMBLE

AVAILABLE FROM 12 – 3 PM  &  6 – 9 PM 

NOT TOO BE MISSED FOR 

ONLY €9.95

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Travelling to Roquetas de Mar and Almerimar

Posted by naranjosjardine1 on November 14, 2014

This week the weather has changed and its definitely turned into a Spanish Winter.  If the sun is shining and if you shelter from the wind in a sunny spot it is glorious but generally the wind has turned chilly and the shorts, t-shirts and sandals for the ‘nesh’ or those who don’t like to be cold, have been replaced with longer trousers, warmer tops and fleeces along with shoes and for me the beloved boots!  We have had several days this week of rain where coats, fleeces and jeans were everywhere.  I have spent the last few days swapping the wardrobe and cupboards from summer to winter clothes – sneezing as the dust is disturbed from storage areas, particularly under the bed.  Now when I open the wardrobe its full of dark coloured clothes.  Hubby – who is one of those hardy souls who is still fighting for the right to wear shorts, t-shirts and sandals, has been out on the golf course this afternoon and when he comes back he will moan as I’ve ‘tidied’ up his wardrobe – and he hates change.  He knows that every now and again I like to get rid of the clothes that are only fit for the dustbin. He usually disagrees with me about whether an item of clothing should be in the bin or not.

Last week we headed off in our motor home.  I love it – home from home – which reminds me I have never blogged about our summer adventures but I’ll save that for another day. We travelled down the A7 to a small coastal place just passed Almeria called Roquetas de Mar.  The landscape around Almeria is agricultural but a lot more commercial than Alhama’s surrounding farmland and the fields are covered with plastic.  Fields and fields of covered plastic.  I know that people have to make a living but sheets of plastic everywhere is so ugly and messy.  The old plastic seems to be dumped on a spare piece of land and left to blow away into ravines, holes and attach itself to trees.  Thus, I found the landscape messy and disappointing but the town of Roquetas de Mar wasn’t.  It is a modern town with a beach and lots of quality built apartment blocks and villas. The really great thing about this town is the availability of tapas.  Most of the town’s numerous bars holds with the tradition of buy a drink and have a free tapas.  So it was really cheap to eat out and enjoyable to choose tapas from menus or sample tapas of the day or often make the simple choice of meat or fish.  Great way to spend an evening.

We then travelled further along the coast on the A7 to Almerimar.  Almerimar boasts a modern, purpose built marina with bars and restaurants all around the quay-side.  There is nothing old, charming or quaint here but the marina is interesting with a variety of boats to peruse, a fantastic beach, boutique shops and lots of bars, restaurants and yet more delicious tapas.

 

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There is a motor home parking area right on the marina, sandwiched between the quayside and the beach.  Idyllic on a sunny summers afternoon but not on a blustery Autumn night with the rain pouring down and the wind hitting gale force straight off the med.  Feeling the wind buffeting and rocking the van in the dead of night is a little unnerving.  Suffice to say we were up early in the morning and off thinking the weather would be a little calmer if we headed inland but alas no, it took till lunchtime to escape the driving wind and rain.  In hindsight it would have been better to stay and wait for the rain to stop, have breakfast and stay put but no, we decided to move off away from the blustery wind. Unfortunately the wind and rain came with us for a couple of hours.

Driving rain and gale force winds, on a motorway are bad enough but when the motorway stopped and we joined an ‘A’ road it became even more scary.  The single carriage road lay between cliffs on one side and a shear drop to the sea on the other. The numerous ramblers were full, water cascading down the mountains and all the rubbish and plastic were washing down with the water towards the rough, brown sea far below. In parts, the roadside ditches were blocked with debris so the water and rubbish flowed on to the road. Have you ever seen those signs near mountains – triangular ones with a red border, white background with a picture of a cliff with rocks falling down and wondered what exactly would happen if any rocks fell, well they fall on the road. Only small ones thankfully, but enough to worry about. Coming around a bend became a mystery, would it be water, rubbish or rock that lay on the road, add in – can’t see very much through the windscreen and disaster seem imminent. Did we end up in trouble? No! we did the only sensible thing to do and stopped for a long pit stop of coffee, tea and tostadas until the rain finally stopped.  We then travelled on to Granada – which I’ll tell you about in a few days time.

Lesley

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Urgent call for Responders.

Posted by lesley tann on November 10, 2014

responders needed poster

CPR has been running its emergency medical service, 24 hours, 7 days a week for a year now but at present we only have 5 responders so we cannot maintain this service.  From the beginning of November, we have reduced the 24 hour call out service to a limited number of days and run a telephone advice service when responders are not available.  The reduced service will remain until we can train more volunteers and as yet we do not have enough responders to run a training course.  For information the responder rota will be published on the CPR website each week.

We desperately need volunteers to train as responders.  We have the money to pay for volunteers to be trained as Responders as Condado owners are very generous.  If you value the CPR service, especially if you are a resident, it is time to come forward and volunteer so that we can return to the emergency call out service 24/7.  If we don’t receive any more volunteers we won’t be able to offer any service in the summer.  The more volunteers we have the less of a burden it becomes.

So please, seriously consider our plea. If you are interested in becoming a Responder or help with CPR please contact Eliza at rotamanager@cprcondado.com or the CPR secretary at info@cprcondado.com

More than ever . . . . .CPR needs you!

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Updated Bus Schedule – November 2014.

Posted by naranjosjardine1 on November 9, 2014

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Vargas bus company has updated the schedule from this month replacing the bi-weekly schedule with a simpler format.  There will now be a bus service each week day with two buses on Wednesday to Totana and Lorca and a Sunday service to Mazarron port plus a Saturday service on demand.

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Email: viajesvargastour@gmail.com or Tel:  681347029 / 670210388 for full details

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